Today’s workout was really going to push my limits and I actually knew before I started that I wouldn’t be able to complete it as is. So, I decided to push as hard as I could for as long as I could and set a benchmark so that the next time this workout comes around in the rotation that I have a baseline to beat.
The New Leaf workout for today was to spend 109 minutes in Zone 3. As a reminder, Zone 3 is my heart rate somewhere between 171 and 183. Now, in my prior workouts, I was having trouble staying in Zone 2 (heart rate between 160 – 170). Last week, for example, I was able to stay in Zone 2 for 43 minutes.
For this workout, I averaged a heart rate of 156 and reached a max of 176. I stayed in Zone 3 for 12.5 minutes! I’ve never done that before… and, let me tell you, that was a LONG 12.5 minutes. I then dropped down to Zone 2 for another 55 minute… again, a new record here.
At about 90 minutes in, I first caught myself dropping down below Zone 1 but I pushed harder for another 10 minutes to stay in Zone 1 as long as I could (I was in Zone 1 for 29 minutes). At that point, I was really feeling tired and started a very long cool down.
While I definitely didn’t hit the goals of this workout, I set some baselines for myself to work against next week. I was pretty happy when I got of the Arc Trainer. I think my legs were quite thankful as well! I am now in the 5th week of the New Leaf Program and each week more time is added and the intensity is increased. I think, if I was doing this over again, I’d have started with a shorter workout time as the times are definitely getting to be a bit much as I have to get up earlier and earlier. We’ll see…
How was your workout today?